20/09/2012

Walking tours are the new special screenings

Side Note: I googled 'walking tour london' and chose this one because it didn't feature a bunch of fat tourists wearing bum bags.

Since everyone and their gran has taken over a cinema to host a special screening and strong-armed their mates into coming, (except me - I'm too cool for that shit) it's become a bit old hat and people are starting to move on to something new. And that something new appears to be a walking tour, or 'film crawl' to some, in which a gaggle of people (hopefully not wearing bum bags) will be braving the British weather and wandering around various film locations and engaging in all manner of "fun". Well, that's what you're being promised.

This weekend Scala Beyond are hosting the first in a series of film crawls "that will draw out the rich connections that places have with exhibition and filmmaking". Sounds like a hoot! Before heading to other parts of England I don't acknowledge, this tour will focus on the peninsula of Southwark and Lambeth and include archive film screenings along the five hour trek. It costs £5 and you have to book via phil@roxybarandscreen.com, so make sure you tell them I sent you so I can get a free drink from time to time.

If this weekend is no good and you're too much of a cheapskate to pay £5 to walk around the glamorous London Borough of Lambeth, whatshisface from Ultra Culture is hosting a free London Walking Tour, "exploring some of the capital’s most bold, bizarre and occasionally underwhelming cinematic claims to fame." At 90 minutes it's much shorter than Scala's event and promises to include fun games and challenges along the way, which should make the 1.609km stroll a bit more interesting.

I'm not going to imply that one tour looks better than the other but one of them does encourage participants to bring a packet of salt & vinegar crisps and we all know that is the boss of crisp flavours. Don't bother arguing.